It’s common practice for regional auto journalist associations to gather, usually once a year, and vote on which cars they like most.
Recently, the Texas Auto Writers Association had a mind meld to decide which cars qualified as the best of the year in the Lone Star State. The biggest news from their think tank? Chrysler pretty much won the whole thing.
The Nissan GT-R was named the “Car of Texas,” and the best supercar which might be surprising because it’s an import, but then again the 545-hp beast isn’t to be trifled with and Texans love anything fast.
Beyond that, the Chrysler Town & Country also got the “Car of Texas” title, though for different reasons more aimed at family practicality. Its interior,storage capacity and comfortability were big factors.
What’s more interesting than either of the big winners was the fact that Chrysler won the eight of the total 18 awards with its diverse lineup — the most of any automaker. The Fiat 500 Cabrio won best sub-compact while the Chrysler 300 was the favorite for both luxury car and full-size sedan.
Despite not having launched yet, the Dodge Dart scored the top spot in three categories too as Compact Car of Texas, best new feature, and best vehicle. Finally, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 was named the best performance utility vehicle.
GM came in second place with four vehicles winning awards including the Chevrolet Volt as the green car of Texas.